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It’s That Time of Year: Schedule Your AC Tune-Up Today

April 16th, 2018

technician working on air conditionerSpringtime marks a shift in the weather as cooler temperatures slowly but surely dissipate and the heat of summer draws closer. Right now is the best time to arrange for your air conditioning system’s annual maintenance appointment—or biannual if you have a heat pump system. There are a few basic jobs you can do on your own when it comes to maintaining your Leesberg HVAC system, such as changing the air filter and making sure your outdoor unit and vents are unobstructed.

However, if you want to truly make a difference in the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner, then you need professional maintenance done by trained HVAC technicians. Only an experienced professional can handle the various tasks involved with this service, such as inspecting motors and electrical connections, and cleaning coils and all other moving parts. You can count on our technicians to provide your air conditioner with top quality maintenance!

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Consider Your Options in the Search for a New Heater

April 2nd, 2018

animated checklistIn our previous post, we talked about how the end of winter is no time to ignore heater repairs. Doing so can allow them to worsen to the point you may even be stuck with a broken down heater next fall. Of course, there’s also the chance that you’ll find your aging heater can’t take any more repairs, and that it’s actually time for Sterling, VA heating replacement, instead.

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The End of Winter Is No Time to Ignore Heater Repairs!

March 19th, 2018

technicians gloved hands repairing heaterTemperatures in our neck of the woods are still chilly enough for homeowners to be using their heaters on a regular basis. But spring will be here soon enough, and the warm weather that comes with it can hit hard. You’ll find yourself switching from using your heater to using your AC system regularly in the blink of an eye.

This makes now the perfect time to consider if you have any Sterling, VA heating repair needs that you should take care of as we reach the official end of winter. Sure, air conditioning maintenance is certainly something to think about and get on your schedule right away, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your heater, no matter how late in the heating season it is.

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No, Your Pipes Shouldn’t Be Knocking

March 5th, 2018

two copper pipes running parallel to each otherHave you ever been drifting off to sleep only to have the quiet interrupted by a soft but persistent knocking sound that seems to be coming from your walls? Don’t worry—your house isn’t haunted … probably. But that doesn’t mean this is a problem to be ignored, though it may seem easy to do so at first. The thing is, this noise will grow with each night until it will eventually start keeping you awake. At least, this is the case with knocking pipes.

If you suspect you have knocking pipes, it’s important to get a Waterford, VA plumber in to do a thorough check of your plumbing system. Addressing problems as soon as they arise is essential to preventing larger emergencies later on down the line. But why would your pipes experience this phenomenon in the first place?

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Why Do You Need a Plumbing Pro to Install Gas Lines?

February 19th, 2018

female homeowner greeting plumber at front doorWe’re betting that when you hear the term “professional plumber” you probably don’t imagine someone who can install and service gas lines. After all, plumbers are those who work with piping that carries water and sewage right? Services include things like repairing faucets, sinks, garbage disposals, and installing new Sterling, VA plumbing fixtures.

That’s all true, but yes, plumbing professionals also install and service gas lines. In fact, this is a very important part of our job, and one you should only trust to highly trained and experienced plumbers such as our team. You can rely on us to handle any gas piping job, big or small.

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Hydro-Jetting: The Answer to Stubborn Clogs

February 5th, 2018

woman showing plumber what's wrong with her drain pipeWe want to start this off by saying, even if your drain clog isn’t “stubborn,” it’s never a good idea to use store-bought liquid drain cleaners to resolve the issue. Sure, you’ve probably used it in the past and had “success,” but that success may have meant relieving the clog for a few months until it came back again—and you had to buy more drain cleaner!

In fact, some of these store-bought solutions even state in the instructions that you may have to use them again. That’s because they don’t actually remove the clog. They break through it so water flow gets back to an acceptable level for a while. But then the clog builds back up. What’s worse, these solutions contain corrosive chemicals, and persistent use is going to lead to Sterling, VA plumbing problems down the line.

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Can Plumbing Problems Be Prevented?

January 22nd, 2018

Woman calling a plumber service to fix drain pipe blockage.Your Ashburn, VA plumbing system is a complex one, snaking beneath your property and behind your walls, mostly hidden from view and linked together by yards of piping. It’s one of those systems that you rely on the most in your daily life, but also one of those that is easy to take for granted and difficult to keep in good shape if you don’t take the proper steps.

There are a number of things you can do to keep your plumbing system in good condition, and therefore prevent plumbing problems. Take a look at our tips below on how you can do this.

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The Ins and Outs of Water Leak Detection

January 7th, 2018

under sink cabinets open revealing plumbing, with tool box to the sideIf you’ve ever had to deal with a plumbing leak in your home or on your property, then you might already know that they rarely develop in a visible or easily accessible area. Even “minor” leaks can cause serious water damage, and eventually waste a significant amount of water. This makes professional Fairfax, VA plumber leak detection from an experienced plumber a vital service. 

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How Does Your Thermostat Affect Heating Efficiency?

December 25th, 2017

Mid adult hispanic man looks at smart phone for instruction as he learns to use thermostat in his new home. He is touching the digital termostat with his finger. He is standing in front of the stairs leading to the second floor of his home. He is wearing a blue sweater and glasses and has brown hair and a beard.You may be living with a thermostat you inherited when you bought your home. Or maybe you purchased your own thermostat, but it was many years ago. Today’s options have grown, exponentially so, and choosing the right thermostat to pair with your heating and cooling system can help you save money and improve your comfort. If you’re already considering upgrading your thermostat, then contact our team.

We’re Ashburn, VA HVAC service pros, dedicated to helping you achieve optimal comfort within your living space. It’s likely that you don’t even know how much the improper installation of a thermostat can affect your heating system, which is the last thing you want to deal with this winter. This is why we don’t recommend completing the installation yourself. In fact, doing this can invalidate the equipment warranty on the device.

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Signs of a Water Heater in Disrepair

December 11th, 2017

white question mark on blue backgroundAs we creep closer and closer to winter, many homeowners throughout the country are taking steps to prepare their homes. From insulating pipes against colder temperatures to ensuring that your heater is ready for the long winter ahead, you probably feel pretty confident that you are ready.

There is one system, however, that often gets taken for granted and thus forgotten, no matter what time of the year it is. It’s your water heater. Used every day, your water heater is designed to last for many years. However, no system lasts forever, and it’s essential that you be aware of signs that yours might need repairs, or may even be ready for replacement.

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